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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will spend a week serving in Detroit, Michigan, at the start of summer break. Twelve students in the choir, led by Director of Choral Music Melanie Catana, will participate in the trip from Monday, May 1, through Sunday, May 7.

The choir travels to Detroit each year to offer musical services and hands-on volunteer work at a variety of locations. This year, they will stay and work at Wildwood Ranch in Howell, Michigan, a retreat center run by the Detroit Rescue Mission. Throughout the week, the students will complete various improvement projects to ready the facility for children’s Christian camps that begin in June.

Catana hopes the experience is eye-opening for all participating students, particularly first-time attendees.

“We hope to gain a new perspective and find a common ground with the elderly, the homeless and those recovering from addiction,” said Catana. “We hope to serve those we come in contact with as best we can through God-centered music, scripture and by sharing our own experiences as Christians to help encourage others to know Him.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Christina Bauer, a sophomore forensic science major from Harrison City (Penn-Trafford High School)
  • Nathaniel Bosh, a freshman English (creative writing) major from Baden (Ambridge Area School District)
  • Susan Dunsworth, a sophomore entrepreneurship major from Erie (Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy)
  • Heidi Dziak, a freshman accounting major from Bentleyville (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Thomas Faye, a freshman music ministry major from Pittsburgh (Penn Hill Senior High School)
  • Mikayla Hagerty, a sophomore psychology major from Boswell (Bishop McCort High School)
  • Bryce McGarvey, a junior biblical ministry studies (international missions) major from Altoona (Altoona Area Senior High School)
  • Katelynn Ossege, a freshman forensic science major from Apalachin, New York (Vestal Senior High School)
  • Briana Ryan, a sophomore music ministry major from Monongahela (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Erin Rzotkiewicz, a freshman forensic science major from Pittsburgh (North Hills High School)
  • Veronica Steen, a sophomore biblical and ministry studies major from Trenton, New Jersey (Brodentown Regional High School)
  • Robert Turbett, a junior engineering (math) major from Boyertown (Brandywine Heights Area High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Waynesburg University’s chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is partnering with the Western Pennsylvania FCA chapter on a service trip to the Dominican Republic. From Monday, May 1, to Monday, May 8, 11 Waynesburg students will serve with the FCA chapter located in the Dominican Republic.

The group will be led by men’s head soccer coach Bradley Heethuis and graduate assistant Jacob Fleegle. Throughout the week, students will do construction work, lead a sports camp and provide educational opportunities for local children.

Heethuis said he hopes the students participating in the trip learn more about themselves and form bonds with each other and with the people they will be serving, as their ultimate goal should be to show God’s love.

“It is about becoming closer to God through loving others and furthering His kingdom here on Earth,” said Heethuis. “I look forward to seeing what God can accomplish with a small group of people from Waynesburg University.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Aubree Brown, a junior exercise science (wellness/physiology) major from Greensburg (Hempfield Area Senior High School)
  • Antoinette Cross, a freshman marketing major from Greensburg (Hempfield Area Senior High School)
  • Joshua Denham, a sophomore business management major from New Kensington (Valley High School)
  • Lauren Drane, a senior sports management major from Munhall (Steel Valley Senior High School)
  • Kristen Friday, a junior psychology major from New Castle (Neshannock High School)
  • Andrew Kingan, junior biology pre-physical therapy major from Butler (Knoch Senior High School)
  • Jonathan Knab, a senior middle level education major from Beaver Falls (Beaver County Christian School)
  • Zach Meads, a senior psychology major from Westminster, Maryland (Westminster High School)
  • Codi Oster, a junior nursing major from Mantua, Ohio (Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy)
  • Kara Sapp, a junior athletic training major from Pennsville, New Jersey (Salem County Christian Academy)
  • Zachery Simcic, a freshman nursing major from Springdale (Springdale High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Fourteen Waynesburg University students will spend the first two weeks of summer break serving in Patzun, Guatemala. University groups have been traveling to Guatemala for nearly 15 years, and this year’s group will continue the annual trip by serving at the Centro Nutricional Y Hogar de Ninos, a children’s nutrition center.

Led by Associate Dean of Students Pat Bristor and graduate assistant Ryan Smith, the students will serve at the center from Monday, May 1, to Sunday, May 14.

According to Bristor, the center often doesn’t know what projects will need completed until Waynesburg students arrive, so the group could engage in work such as painting, cleaning, concrete work or simply spending time with the children at the center.

While the children are in school, some students will teach English in their classrooms. Nursing students on the trip may also have the opportunity to observe the treatment of patients at the hospital attached to the center.

This year, Waynesburg is providing the center with several new laptop computers purchased through the fundraising efforts of students participating in the trip. The computers will help to upgrade the children’s computer center, which will enable them to more quickly and skillfully complete their schoolwork.

Bristor, who has been a part of the University’s Guatemala trip for 10 years, believes the students participating will come home with a greater understanding of the world and their role in it.

“They’re going to learn an awful lot about themselves,” she said. “I think that they’ll be humbled, and my hope is that they’ll come back and begin to be advocates for the children or people in need in general.”

She also looks forward to seeing continued growth in the children at the center, some of whom have been there since her first years on the trip. The children are thrilled each year when the Waynesburg group arrives, said Bristor, and she loves to see how much they’ve learned since she saw them last.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Sadie Breon, a junior psychology major from Lock Haven (Central Mountain High School)
  • Andrew Brunette, a junior biblical ministry studies major from Aliquippa (Hopewell Senior High School)
  • Marian Chearney, a junior nursing major from Normalville (Connellsville Area Senior High)
  • Mary Beth Cocchi, a junior nursing major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Amy Crotinger, a junior nursing major from Horsham (Home School)
  • Hannah Filapose, a junior nursing major from Irwin (Yough Senior High School)
  • Natalie Fortna, a junior nursing major from Canonsburg (Canon-McMillan School District)
  • Alyssa Fratto, a senior marketing major from Melcroft (Connellsville Area Senior High)
  • Sydney Green, a junior nursing major from Farmington (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Michelle Keith, a junior middle-level education major from Rochester (Freedom Area High School)
  • Nicholas Lies, a junior English (creative writing) major from Pittsburgh (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Emily Nowakowski, a senior psychology major from Bridgeport, Ohio (Bridgeport High School)
  • Hannah Pierce, a freshman nursing major from Smock (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Elizabeth Trump, a junior biology pre-med major from Fairchance (Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Eight Waynesburg University students will travel to Taipei, Taiwan, to serve for three weeks during summer break. Led by University Professor and Librarian IV Richard Blake, along with co-leader Sandy Chen-Blake, the group will serve at Christ’s College, a Presbyterian school specializing in teaching and training in English, music and education.

While in Taipei from Monday, May 1, to Sunday, May 21, the students will participate in meals and activities with Christ’s College students, in addition to visiting classrooms on campus. The group will join Christ’s College students as they observe and join in Christian programming at local elementary schools. They will also find opportunities to volunteer at after-church feeding programs and assist during worship times at Grace Home Churches, which serve marginalized, inner-city congregations.

“[The students] will return having made new international friends and a sense for how others do mission in a country that is only five percent Christian,” said Blake. “The emphasis is on learning how faith works by the locals rather than exporting our version of religion, except to be supportive of their efforts as we accompany Christ’s College’s students, faculty and personnel in their Christian outreach.”

Blake also said Waynesburg students will return home having been immersed in the history and culture of Taiwan, as they will have the opportunity to travel around the country and visit significant cultural and worship sites.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Mariah Castle, a junior psychology major from Canton (Canton Area Junior-Senior High)
  • Janelle Chuah, a junior biology pre-med major from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (K12 International Academy)
  • Destiny McCune, a junior biblical ministry studies major from New Castle (New Castle Junior-Senior High School)
  • Kortney Orwig, a junior biblical ministry studies major from Pittsburgh (North Allegheny Senior High School)
  • Torre Remish, a senior psychology major from Belle Vernon (Charleroi Area High School)
  • Kathleen Renk, a freshman with an undetermined major from Pittsburgh (City Charter High School)
  • Stephanie Rogers, a sophomore biblical ministry studies major from Toms River, New Jersey (Toms River High School North)
  • Katherine Staronka, a sophomore biblical ministry studies major from Burnham (Mifflin County High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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During the first week of summer break, nine Waynesburg University students will participate in a mission trip in Tuba City, Arizona. The group will serve at the Tuba City Boarding School from Monday, May 1, to Monday, May 8.

Situated on a Navajo reservation, Tuba City Boarding School provides a quality, secure learning environment for Native American children. Led by Mary Hamilla, academic and major decision counselor, and Kylee Sargent, Help Desk coordinator, the Waynesburg students will be prepared to provide tutoring, maintenance work, event setup or offer whatever service the school needs.

Hamilla hopes the University students and members of the boarding school community build relationships that bridge cultures throughout the week.

“We hope that the Navajo and Hopi people with whom we come into contact will view us as resources,” said Hamilla. “We hope for mutual growth and wisdom between Tuba City students and Waynesburg University students.”

As she prepares to lead the trip for the first time, Hamilla also looks forward to being immersed in a new culture and becoming closer with the students participating in the trip.

“I am excited to spend an intensive week with this small group of Waynesburg students,” said Hamilla. “Service trips are a unique opportunity to engage in a shared, meaningful project, and they invariably lead to a bond among participants.”

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Michaela Callander, a junior early childhood education (special education) major from Parker (Allegheny-Clarion Valley High School)
  • Amber Cofield, a junior sociology major from Millersville, Maryland (Calvary Baptist Church Academy)
  • Jennifer Gabrielcik, a junior forensic science major from Avonmore (West Shamokin Junior-Senior High School)
  • Cassandra Kemp, a senior history major from Confluence (Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School)
  • Danielle Kemp, a senior nursing major from Confluence (Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School)
  • Joanna Peters, a sophomore human services major from Frederick, Maryland (Covenant Community School)
  • Victoria Rossignol, a freshman sociology major from Norridgewock, Maine (Temple Academy Christian School)
  • Maranda Valentino, a senior history major from Finleyville (Thomas Jefferson High School)
  • Savannah Walker, a senior psychology major from Westminster, Maryland (Westminster High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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